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Old 06-20-2014, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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I've posted this before. It's from the Young at Heart Chorus (local to where I live), which has traveled all over the world, some on oxygen, others with wheelchairs and walkers and cancer and heart disease (they travel with an M.D.).

Young@Heart - Stayin' Alive - YouTube

That's the late Fred Knittle, on oxygen, who also appears in his classic song sung to huge crowds.

Young@Heart - Stayin' Alive - YouTube
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Old 06-20-2014, 05:17 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Now that I think about it, age 76 seems fine to me if I can make it that long. That's eight years hence and given the neurological deficits and limitations I already possess, why wait? Now if my wife is still going strong then I'd prefer to hang-on. Other than that, why bother? Yes, I have children and grandchildren but most of them are far away and really couldn't care less. Their maternal grandmother did a great and sustained job of distancing them from me and there's little I can do about it now. My wife and I do what we can but it's never enough. Oh well!
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Old 06-21-2014, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Haiku
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Wow, I would never look forward to flying away. Even if I were crumpled up and unable to walk or talk, I'd feel the sublimeness of life. I'd use whatever senses I had left to feel the miracle of being alive. Watching things, smelling things, hearing things, touching things and being touched. No, I don't want to leave, no matter what.
It is not like those great experiences you have had are something you take with you so the more you have, the more you can take with you when you die. They disappear when your brain stops functioning. We all enjoy new experiences but because they are as transitory as our lives, it does make me wonder sometimes - what is the point?
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Old 06-21-2014, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Glenbogle
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It is not like those great experiences you have had are something you take with you so the more you have, the more you can take with you when you die. They disappear when your brain stops functioning. We all enjoy new experiences but because they are as transitory as our lives, it does make me wonder sometimes - what is the point?
Perhaps because the choice of death is so utterly FINAL. I can't think of too many choices (relative to ourselves) that have absolutely NO chance whatsoever of mitigation.

I don't believe in an afterlife, but that doesn't mean that I regard human life as a waste of time; on the contrary, I consider it even more precious for that very reason. Sure, life is transitory but EVERYTHING in the universe is transitory. For example, it's been estimated that earth will be destroyed by our slowly expanding sun in about 8 billion years or so. Does that mean that there's no point to our planet's existence, or that it's existence is pointless merely because it isn't going to last forever? or even for a certain span of time?

Sorry, didn't mean to get all philosophical, LOL
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Old 06-21-2014, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Haiku
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I am not suggesting that because our existence and experiences are transitory that the response of that is to choose death, I am only trying to put into proper perspective what it means to be a cognitive, sentient creature. Basically all that we have is in our heads and that's about it.
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Old 06-22-2014, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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It is not like those great experiences you have had are something you take with you so the more you have, the more you can take with you when you die. They disappear when your brain stops functioning. We all enjoy new experiences but because they are as transitory as our lives, it does make me wonder sometimes - what is the point?
What is the point of a flower?
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Old 06-22-2014, 12:16 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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All things considered, my best guess is that I'll die fairly shortly after I draw my last breath. But perhaps I could be wrong. Until then I guess I'll just live and make the most of it.
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Old 06-22-2014, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Haiku
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What is the point of a flower?
Probably the same point as the small pox virus, or a rattle snake, neither of which we think much of so we stomp out of existence. It is not up to us to decide what the "point" is for anything; it leads to bad behavior on our part.
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:10 PM
 
Location: middle tennessee
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What is the point of a flower?
propagation

rebirth



(I am not a christian.)
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Probably the same point as the small pox virus, or a rattle snake, neither of which we think much of so we stomp out of existence. It is not up to us to decide what the "point" is for anything; it leads to bad behavior on our part.
You asked, in post #56, "what is the point?"

My response: there is no point. Things are what they are for as long as they are.
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